[ppml] Policy Proposal 2003-11: Purpose and Scope of WHOIS Di rectory

Charles Scott cscott at gaslightmedia.com
Fri Aug 22 13:57:14 EDT 2003

On Fri, 22 Aug 2003, Azinger, Marla wrote:

> 2.  In the end...does this policy mean that if I want the End Users and
> ISP's that I Re-assign and RE-allocate to will not have their abuse,
> technical and whatever else contact info visibile unless I take extra steps
> to ensure "I want them visible"?  If this does mean I have to take extra
> steps....I give up...because as a person that sends these in daily....I'm
> already jumping through to many hoops.

  If I understand this the way I'd like to see it :), only those receiving 
allocations direct from ARIN would be required to be listed in the 
database. Providers receiving allocations from ARIN may opt to have 
assignments to their customers listed, provided that those listings have 
current good contact data. This makes sense as it offers the ability to 
have contacts listed for assignments so issues can be resolved directly at 
that level where possible, but still requires the allocation recipient to 
be ultimately responsible. I see this as an excellent compromise to permit 
a hierarchy of responsibility where possible and practical, but as an 
option, and only where verifiable. I therefore support some level of 
consequence should contacts not be verifiable. 
> 3.  When you mention validating the POC info every three months....is this
> to be done with just Direct Allocation from ARIN?  Or do you really mean the
> whole WHOIS database?  If its the whole database...and its done in the same
> manner it was done this last year by ARIN....where you have to update
> records that are really already updated.............Every 3 months is
> excessive and I dont see this being easily supported. 

  If the WHOIS database is limited to the responsible parties as indicated 
above, then the process should be efficient once it's established. I feel 
the 3 month verification cycle is proper and appropriate. If verification 
is as simple as replying to an email that contains a verification code the 
process should have minimal impact. (Although, I wonder if there may need 
to be some additional verification code that is not supplied in the 
verification request to ensure the proper party responds.)


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